Erica Marti, assistant professor in the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, will be the featured speaker at an upcoming Science Café Las Vegas. Her talk is titled, "Water Reuse: Providing Water that is Dependable and Drinkable."
Water stress is caused by water shortage, lack of clean water, and competition for water uses. One way to deal with water stress is through water reuse. In general, this involves treating the used water to the point where it is drinkable or otherwise useful (e.g. irrigation). The idea of transforming wastewater to drinking water is alarming to many people, but water reuse is actually a normal, hidden part of our lives. Engineers today are working toward direct potable reuse: treating wastewater to drinking water and putting it directly into the water distribution network. Water stress is only expected to get worse, which means more cities will turn to direct potable reuse to increase their drinking water supplies. Therefore, it is important for all citizens to understand the realities of how water reuse works.
Come join others for a lively science discussion, delicious food, and fun. Come at 6:30 p.m. to order your food and mingle. Those under 21 are welcome.